Let’s start a LOVE campaign

This week I have been thinking a lot about what it must be like for someone who doesn’t know Jesus to be looking in at the church. Of course, I have been that person and not a very long time ago. Around six years ago, since I came to church and had a personal encounter with God for myself. Back then I had some pretty fixed ideas on both what God and the church accepted. From my own personal experience, I didn’t believe there was a place for single mums because I didn’t believe that God approved of the way I lived my life and the choices I had made.

Well, as you can tell, six years on I can stand testimony to the fact that there is indeed a place in the church for single mums and, although it would never have been in the original design for my life, God still loved me, Jesus died for me, my sin was taken and my slate wiped clean. I was given a new life, fresh hope, accepted, forgiven and loved. But until then I knew nothing of this redemptive love; marriage, no divorce, don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t murder (phew, one I didn’t commit) so on and so forth. No one told me that even if I did do any of these things Jesus still loved me, God still wanted a relationship with me and I could still go to heaven.

This week in Northern Ireland new laws were passed to legalise abortion and same-sex marriage. A media campaign followed as many Christians took to social media to claim it was the darkest day in Northern Ireland. I just don’t know if we did the church any favours supporting this campaign. by all means, I believe we should pray and petition and do it all in our power with the people of power.

I personally didn’t join the media crusade but I fervently prayed about it. My beliefs remained the same. I know the word of God, I know what the heart of Jesus is and I know how sad he would feel about what happened this week. I know that the aim of what is laid out for us in the Bible guidelines is to give us the best, most fulfilled life, and by following the guidelines and living by them we are going to do the best job of honouring and glorifying God and sharing his heart for the world. I also know what it’s like to be a non-believer with a God size hole in my heart, looking in from the outside and thinking that my bad choices in life excluded me from church and getting to know God.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I believe, and I could be wrong, but I have a concern that participating in a social media to campaign about the decriminalisation of abortion and using this platform to share your very disgust and hate for it. could send a silent message to the women, and men too, who have chosen abortion for whatever reason, personal or medical, that there is no place for them in the church.

Which is simply not true, no wrong decision is beyond God’s redemptive power. It must have been difficult for any woman who had ever made a decision to have an abortion to be on social media this week. The images shared were horrendous, the videos so horrifically graphic. It would have been traumatic to have that every time you flick up Facebook. I believe that, although God hates sins, he isn’t in the business of guilt and shame. His gig is love, compassion and forgiveness and I believe, as representatives, so should ours.

I heard Christians talk about how God hates the sin and not the sinner. P.S folks, until you truly know Jesus and have your heart transformed you are pretty oblivious to what sin is. Not everyone understands sin but everyone understands love.

““For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I have to wonder is the day abortion was decriminalised the darkest day or would it be when a bunch of women miss out on salvation because they felt too ashamed to walk through the doors of a church because the Christian in their life had avidly proclaimed this to be a horrendous sin.

If we are going to use social media as a platform to share the heart of God shouldn’t it be a message of love, not sin?

Until next time.

Much Love T x

13 thoughts on “Let’s start a LOVE campaign

  1. This was soooooo good. I loved the “P.S.” part about people not knowing their sin, but they know love. And I agree, the saddest act is someone feeling excluded from the church. Loved, loved, loved this message.

    On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 6:34 AM from a spark to a flame wrote:

    > fromasparktoaflame posted: “This week I have been thinking a lot about > what it must be like for someone who doesn’t know Jesus to be looking in at > the church. Of course, I have been that person and not a very long time > ago. Around six years ago, since I came to church and had a pers” >

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  2. I believe a lot of Christians are being provoked to act politically. But the problem with that is, is that politics is not a Godly game. Abortion and all that is wrong, but we should be taking heed to 2nd Chronicles 7:14 much more than acting on petitions or getting political.

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  3. Terri, your message brought Ephesians 4:15 to mind: “Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” We need to be salt and light in a dark world that has lost its savor. We cannot afford to separate truth from love. Blessings ♥♥

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  4. Terri
    A very controversial topic and very difficult to get the right message out that doesn’t condemn one side or the other.
    I think you did a very good job.
    3 words…. GOD IS LOVE ❤
    Love you
    Pamela xx

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  5. I like how you portray sincerity in your writing. I am not a fan of writing things on Social Media. You had done the better thing of praying instead of involving in the Social Media campaign. The campaign can be effect depending on the maturity of those writing. The Bible tells us a soft answer turneth away wrath. Good teaching instead of bashing is very important. If sinner could understand from the scriptures they would not make certain choices. We have to show love as the Bible say love covers a multitude of sin. Guilt is what keep people away from serving God and open up to the truth so when love is show it gives individual confidence to open up and get deliverance.

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  6. This is so beautifully articulated.
    Yes, Jesus is not in the business of guilting and shaming. And I so agree that with an aggressive dance we might be deterring people to seek out Christ.

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  7. I totally agree with all you have said here. We find it so easy to point the finger at poor women whose hearts are broken by this terrible decision they feel compelled to make.
    I see no sign of any church here expending the same effort in helping mothers as they do protesting. We stand in judgement but where is the mercy? Christians in the US vote for Trump because he is anti abortion apparently. I have spoke to many otherwise rational Christians who admit that he is a liar, unfaithful, has no moral compass,is a cheat, who they would not want as a neighbor yet due to one issue he gets elected. I have asked many of them about their programmes to help mothers and all admit that they do nothing. Is the church different to the Pharisees? Why do we appear to be so blind to the deep contradiction in the Christian position? We are compassionate to so many in Africa with no judgement at all but at home it is so different.

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